Star Rating: 5 stars
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- The Golden Lily
- The Indigo Spell
- The Fiery Heart
- Silver Shadows
- The Ruby Circle
I wanted to wait, as I usually do, to finish the whole thing before reviewing it as a first impression and jinxing it. Since lately no matter how great a series or single book starts, more times than not, I end up disappointed. For this I had high hopes and now that it is finished I can recommend it to you all!
I loved Vampire Academy too, but in a different way. For me the books got a lot better when Adrian entered the picture, and the best part of it (although I didn’t know that when I read it) is that it created a premise for this series in witch you see the characters grow trough out all 12 books (counting both series’ together) and even so, you still want to know more. Or at least I did. That in on itself makes a great series for me.
It’s all about Sidney, the alchemist that helped Rose and Dimitri under the orders of “Smey” or the snake also AKA Rose’s father and Adrian, who is now linked to Jillian or “Jailbait”, since, that is her nickname.
Her mission now is taking care of Jillian Mastrano Dragomir, the illegitimate (now less so) daughter of Lissa’s father and her only living relative, not to mention the one person that could make the difference in whether or not Lissa can hold the throne per Moroi law (every ruler has to at least have one more living relative in order for them to be elected Moroi queen or king) and so she is now to be hidden from rebels who think Lissa is not fit to be a ruler and the alchemist have to play a part to it.
I love Adrian in the Vampire Academy and the fact that he and Rose didn’t find there happily ever after, as predictable as that was, stung a bit. He is one of those characters that make you love him simply because he not only has the charisma but the heart to accompany it. I felt he was owed a story, all by himself, not as someone else’s side kick and when I heard that this series was finished and it game my favorite character another chance, his chance, I had to read it.
For me it has it all:
- Long series with long books
- Great characters that you can no only empathize with, but also become while reading about them
- The transformation is also great; the fact that they appear in the Vampire Academy and have non-too small roles helps a lot to.
- The story surprises you more often than not. Just when you thought it was on one line, it changes to another. I like a book that can keep me on my toes.
- The best thing about the series is how the characters change.
Take Sidney for example:
She is an alchemist who was raised with a lot of hang-ups about Moroi and Damphirs. How they are all evil creatures that are not natural and there for should not exist. She is how ever forced to sacrifice herself for the good of her family, weather is by vengeance and the repayment of a debt or by going to the the Moroi’s bidding and following orders once again. She goes from having to be here, to wanting to be there… and well, if I tell y’all more I might as well relate the books! But I am sure you get the point I am trying to make.
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